OK i'm a jackass...
i installed the latest VIA 4in1 drivers, and they turned out to be buggy.
you can read more about it here
anyway, my problems since were'nt that bad really, not like some other poor souls who got their hard-drives' contents messed up. the only problem (AFAIK) that i had was Windows would hang at the "Saving your settings" stage at every shutdown/reboot.
i though i'd try this feature of WinXP, that "fixes" the OS or corrupt files anyway. you boot with the WinXP CD in, when you get the option to Install or Recovery Console you don't
choose the recovery console but Install, and at a later menu it gives you an option to fix
windows rather than install.
well, apparently i was careless, clicked Next once too many
and got the WinXP installation
OK i'm not a total moron and i didn't select before to have my partitions erased, so it just installed WinXP over
the previous WinXP.
so far things seem generally OK and i can access most of the files that i had on the hard drive before. but here's the big problem:
when installing WinXP it created a new Administrator account and a new user account. but i can't get to the My Documents of the old user account.
in E:\Documents and Settings there are 2 Administrator accounts, 2 All Users accounts and 2 Default User accounts (1 named Administrator, the second Administrator.ANCALAGON likewise the other 2). presumably one from the new istallation one from the old. i also have the one new user account and one old user account.
: when i click on the old user account folder E:\Documents and Settings\oldusername i get this error message:
"E:\Documents and Settings\oldusername is not accessible. Access is denied".
so i can't get to the files of the old account, which includes My Documents, Favorites (most improtant ones).
damn, i can click on all the folders in E:\Documents and Settings except for the one i really want!
i am doing this from the new user account, and this is of course an accound with Administrator privileges.
how do i get into that folder?
any suggestions? workabouts?
some Windows guru out there help me out please!
BTW, right clicking -> properties works, i get 0 bytes 0 files 0 folders. so it's possible that it's all gone, but i'm not sure i should trust these properties.
evidently in the install of new XP the (old) registry got wiped out. however, E:\Program Files is still intact. i ran Nero (found the nero.exe and executed it) and it worked (did ask me for the serial key again though)! and afterwards there were entries in the registry...
do you think i can trust this Nero, or should i simply delete the Program Files\Ahead folder and re-install?
Acrobat didn't work, burnatonce didn't work. didn'tr try any others.
so can i trust a program that is
willing to run or not and reinstall everything?
<grr...surfing now without firewall or antivirus...not going to use email untill i set things up properly again>
sorry for the long post, any input welcome.
thanks in advance.
EDIT: topic title change to better reflect contents.